Cruisin’ the ‘burbs: City dwellers are looking out for a deal in these 10 secondary markets

Accepting long commutes or taking new jobs, home buyers are looking for affordability further afield

New York Weekend Edition /
Mar.March 03, 2018 03:00 PM

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As home prices continue to rise and listings dwindle, more and more people are looking for a new pad in suburbia or beyond.

Realtor.com analyzed search data to compile a list of the top 10 markets would-be home buyers are interested in and found that they’re looking farther afield than just the outskirts of big cities, though there are a few commonalities across the board.

“The markets on this list offer affordable housing options and a chance to move up for those who are willing to change jobs or take on longer commutes,” said Realtor’s director of research Javier Vivas.

Here’s a look at the spots buyers are considering in lieu of an expensive major city. — Erin Hudson

1. Spokane, Wash.

Spokane, WA. (Credit: Ron Reiring)


Median list price: $264,000
Median income: $51,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 2.7 percent

2. Portland, Maine

Portland, ME. (Credit: Alex Boykov)


Median list price: $340,000
Median income: $68,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: flat

3. Knoxville, Tenn.

Knoxville, TN. (Credit: Zereshk)


Median list price: $247,000
Median income: $52,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 0.9 percent

4. Deltona-Daytona Beach, Fla.

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL. (Credit: William “Patrick” Ma)


Median list price: $270,000
Median income: $47,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 2.7 percent

5. Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho. (Credit: Robbymilo)


Median list price: $299,000
Median income: $56,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 2.3 percent

6. Jacksonville, Fla.

Jacksonville, FL. (Credit: Jonathan Zander)


Median list price: $307,000
Median income: $59,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 2.2 percent

7. Charleston, S.C.

Charleston, SC. (Credit: Khanrak)


Median list price: $364,000
Median income: $63,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 0.9 percent

8. North Port Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.

Sarasota, FL. (Credit: Pixabay)


Median list price: $350,000
Median income: $60,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 2.1 percent

9. Bakersfield, Calif.

Bakersfield, CA. (Credit: Bobak Ha’Eri)


Median list price: $239,000
Median income: $56,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 1.1 percent

10. Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chattanooga, TN. (Credit: Imilious )


Median list price: $230,000
Median income: $53,000
Estimated job growth in 2018: 2.6 percent


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